desk writing novel author Lorraine Ambers

Top 5 things I need to write

I’ve spent the past week learning new payroll software, filing VAT returns, writing GDPR policies for my 3 businesses and redeveloping the website for my welding and fabrication business. YAWN!

During that time I’ve missed writing. And yes, my sanity has suffered for it. I’m amazed to discover that even editing my MS helps my anxiety and stops me from plummeting into depression. And the more of my blogging community I discover and supportive you all are, the less embarrassed I am about my Complex PTSD.

Alice in Wonderland. Have I gone Mad?
Image from Pinterest.

So, without further ado here are my top 5 writing essentials I need for working on my WIP.

  1. Tea and lots of it. A good old fashioned mug of builder’s brew and the stronger the better.
  2. Peace and quiet. I can’t write with people around and I don’t have the luxury of an office or even a desk. As there’s just no room in my bungalow. And so I’ve commandeered the dining room table, it’s home to an extension lead, work files, lots of USB sticks, many notebooks and two laptops. One has an antiglare screen for working on my MS and the other has all the tedious software for running the other businesses.
  3. Music. I know I just said peace and quiet – I guess I meant people. I usually play the radio or music channel. Anything with upbeat tunes. I use it as a motivator and a way to cancel out the unnecessary chatter of my mind. It focuses me. I’m listening to Coldplay’s – In a sky full of stars. I get to channel my voice through words, while dancing in my seat. Life doesn’t get any better than this.
  4. My dog. Pulling my attention away from my laptop and getting out in the fresh air is essential. It recharges my batteries and increases my creativity. Yes, I moan about taking my beagle Dexter out, but I always feel better for it. Particularly if I head to the beach or take a river walk.
  5. Lastly, but most importantly is a functioning mind. I skirt a fine line between holding it together and tumbling into despair. And I can’t write when I’m depressed. While it’s not my fault I have psychological wounds or that I’m regularly triggered. Staying on top of the things that help me, is in my control. Things like, exercise, meditation, writing and therapy.

And I’m going to add a 6th. A cat because it’s finally time to bring another one into my life after losing Jasper. While I still hope he returns home, it’s been 8 months and this writer needs a kitten.

And so, there you have it. I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a sneak peek into my life. What’s your number one writing need. Share it with me, as I love reading about you too.

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Mystery Blogger Award


It’s an honor to reciprocate this award, but there is a little work to put into it:

  • Post the award/ image on your blog (see above)
  • Thank whoever nominated you and give a link back to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and give a link back to their blog.
  • Nominate 10+ deserving bloggers and notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice; including one weird or funny question.

This award was created by Okoto Enigma and you can find her blog HERE.

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I want to say; a massive thanks to Angie Dokos, not only for this nomination but also her unwavering support on twitter.

Here are my answers to Angie’s questions:

  1. What remains a mystery in your life? Or one from a distant relative or ancestor?

I wonder about all the beautiful friends I’ve known throughout my childhood, where they are today and how they’re doing. Luckily, I’ve managed to reconnect with a few but I’d love to find more.

  1. What is your favorite childhood memory?

The endless days, playing outside with the other kids in Afferde. The village was built to home all the army families living around Hameln. Germany holds great memories. I spent a month trying to build an igloo that never got higher than a foot off the ground. Built dens in the shrubbery. Climbed trees. Had my first crush. Dancing my heart out at kid’s club, (think running man and Vanilla Ice).

  1. What is your favorite holiday?

Disneyland! My parents promised me this holiday but it never happened. It was a big deal to me. Getting to be part of the magic and seeing how carefree it made my shy daughter was priceless.

  1. If you could go back and change something in your past, what would it be?

Honestly, nothing, not one single thing. I believe in the butterfly theory. If I changed one thing the ripple effect might mean that I would never have met my husband or had my two fantastic kids.

  1. What is one of your biggest fears?

Dying and leaving behind my loved ones! I know it’s morbid. Mum passed away when I was 18 leaving me, my brother and sisters to fend for ourselves. We stuck together and turned out alright but I don’t want that for my children.

My blogger nominations are as follows:

Eternal Scribbler

Judith Barrow

Kate M. Colby

Andrew McDowell

Mike Senczyszak

J.R. Handley

Kim Chance

Kristy Nicolle

The Door Keeper

Oristel Guenael

Time for the fun part, I get to ask my chosen blogger’s the following:

  1. Tell me who’s your favorite character and why.
  2. What is a pet peeve of yours?
  3. What’s your favorite comfort food?
  4. What brings you comfort when you’re miserable of ill?
  5. What do you do for fun? (Something that makes you connect with your inner child.)

I look forward to reading your answers. Once again, Thank you Angie! 🙂